Movies and Communism
This paper discusses the issue of movies and communism, concentrating on the films "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" and "Silver Lode".
# 145074 | 880 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Oct 24, 2010 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Sociology (Theory) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Philosophy (General)
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In this article, the writer looks at takes on communism in movies, focusing on "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" directed by Gene Fowler and "Silver Lode" directed by Allan Dwan.The writer maintains that the B-movie thriller "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" seems to be a clear metaphor for the communist threat of the 1950s. The writer maintains that anti-McCarthy films like the Western "Silver Lode" show how similar themes, even a similar plot, can be used for the opposite ideological purposes. The writer concludes that when a threat is vague and shadowy, as was what communism 'really was' to Americans of the 1950s, people are more apt to believe that the accused are capable of anything, and to trust experts who tell them 'the truth' about this strange threat that seems to wear the face of their nearest and dearest, but really comes from the darkest outreaches of an unknown country.
From the Paper:"The parallels between the aliens with what Americans thought to be the characteristics of communists seem clear. Many Americans believed that communists looked like 'you and me,' and could be scout leaders, teachers, even husbands and wives. But fundamentally, the communists were 'different,' and careful observation would yield the truth. The communists would show subtle clues that could alert a careful and discerning observer what they were up to, so it was essential to be vigilant. Communists were thought to be 'planted' in ordinary institutions, and would spread their ideology and doctrine like a cancer. Instead of infiltrating America from without, the Red Menace would infiltrate America from within."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "I Married a Monster from Outer Space." Directed by Gene Fowler, Jr. 1958.
- "Silver Lode." Directed by Allan Dwan. 1953.
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